I’m a British writer and researcher with a particular interest in media, education, children and young people. I live in London, and I’m a Visiting Professor at various universities in the UK and overseas. You can find out more about my work here.
There are three main things on this site. There’s an occasional blog on media education and related issues: the posts are tagged so you can search with keywords. There’s a substantial collection of longer pieces based on my current research, Growing Up Modern: Childhood, Youth and Popular Culture Since 1945. And there are also some shorter, more general essays (and a few videos) on similar topics. All this stuff is written for students and for the general reader. Just click on the tabs above to find out more.
You can find many of my academic papers on my Academia website here and on Researchgate here. If you would like to receive updates when new blogs are posted, you can subscribe using the box on the blog page. You can also get updates if you follow me on Twitter using @ddbuckingham.
Latest essay on Growing Up Modern: Childhood and the mediatization of marketing, 1955-1965. What was new and not-so-new about marketing to children in the fifties and sixties? Click here.
Latest blog post: Deschooling society? Revisiting Ivan Illich after lockdown. ‘All over the world, the school has an anti-educational effect on society.’ Fifty years ago, Ivan Illich’s book Deschooling Society offered a radical challenge to the very institution of the school. How far might it be relevant to the world after lockdown? Click here.
Latest book: The Media Education Manifesto, published by Polity Press, July 2019. A succinct and passionate argument for media education in a changing media environment. Details here.
New book coming soon: Youth on Screen: Representing Youth in Film and Television, to be published by Polity Press, summer 2021. Details here.
Latest short essay: Some reflections on children’s media cultures. An interview for the French journal Transatlantica. Click here. Plus another interview about media education for the Brazilian journal Revista Educacao (in Portuguese): click here. And another one for the Brazilian journal Comunicacao & Educacao (in English): click here.